Science

What did NASA discover on the Moon, and what is it so excited to tell us?

NASA has something very exciting to tell us about the Moon, so it's holding a conference call on Monday, October 26th. The discovery was made using NASA's flying observatory SOPHIA. Audio of the call will be streamed live on NASA's website for...
Topics: NASA, Space, Scientific Discoveries, Moon

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Space for climate

The scientific evidence of global climate change is irrefutable. The consequences of a warming climate are far-reaching—affecting fresh water resources, global food production, sea level and triggering an increase in extreme-weather events.
Topics: Global Warming

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Any aliens living around 1,004 nearby stars should be able to see the signs of life on Earth, a...

An artist's impression shows exoplanet K2-18b, its host star, and an accompanying planet in the system. K2-18b is a super-Earth that hosts both water and temperatures that could support life. ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser Astronomers have...
Topics: Exoplanets, Space, European Space Agency, Telescopes, Hubble Space Telescope

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The best robotic lawnmowers for 2020

Most people don't like to mow the lawn. Fortunately, there are robotic mowers that will do the work for you. Here are some of our favorite green-eaters of 2020.
Topics: Robots

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Do the twist: Making two-dimensional quantum materials using curved surfaces

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a way to control the growth of twisting, microscopic spirals of materials just one atom thick.
Topics: Quantum, Physics, Scientific Discoveries

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DIII-D Scientists to Work with PPPL to Find a Path to Sustained Fusion Energy

Researchers from the DIII-D National Fusion Facility are preparing to support their colleagues at the National Spherical Tokamak Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) at the U.S Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in a...
Topics: Physics

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Researchers attempt to piece together the puzzle of tree species diversity

Questions about the origin of nature have fascinated humans since the dawn of culture. One phenomenon of particular interest is the high diversity of forests in the tropics, relative to those in the temperate zone. Even Humboldt, pioneering polymath...

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Ancient Maya built sophisticated water filters

Ancient Maya in the once-bustling city of Tikal built sophisticated water filters using natural materials they imported from miles away, according to new research. A multidisciplinary team of anthropologists, geographers and biologists identified...

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Reviewing multiferroics for future, low-energy data storage

,A new UNSW study comprehensively reviews the magnetic structure of the multiferroic material bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3—BFO).

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ISS air leakage fixed in time for crew handover, thanks to floating teabag

Also: Starlinks soar but GPS stays grounded, NASA names first Virgin Galactic flier In Brief  There was good news for International Space Station (ISS) residents this week as the crew managed to plug a leak in the orbiting laboratory. While never...
Topics: International Space Station, NASA, Space, Virgin Galactic

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These two bird-sized dinosaurs evolved the ability to glide, but weren't great at it

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived, researchers report. Unable to compete with other tree-dwelling dinosaurs and early birds,...
Topics: Dinosaurs, Paleontology

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Boeing puts Loyal Wingman robot fighter jet through its paces... on the ground

I feel the need, the need for 16mph taxiing in safety Rise of the Machines  Boeing has successfully taxied its Loyal Wingman robot fighter jet around an airfield, a key milestone for the aircraft to operate fully autonomously.…
Topics: Boeing, Robots

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Affordable Ground-Penetrating Radar

While you might think of radar pointing toward the skies, applications for radar have found their way underground as well. Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is a tool that sends signals into the earth and measures their return to make determinations...

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Finally, a way to see molecules 'wobble'

Researchers have found a way to visualize those molecules in even greater detail, showing their position and orientation in 3D, and even how they wobble and oscillate. This could shed invaluable insights into the biological processes involved, for...

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Oops, I Did It Again: Neutron Star in Our Galaxy Caught Emitting Fast Radio Bursts

Fast radio bursts (FRB) are something that have puzzled scientists for years. In just a few milliseconds these radio waves manage to discharge more energy than hundreds of millions of suns. The exact origin and cause of FRB is uncertain.
Topics: Neutron Stars, Galaxies, Space

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Boeing Has a Delta IV Rocket Problem

Abort Abort. Abort. Abort. Abort. Abort.Continue reading
Topics: Boeing

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Turning streetwear into solar power plants

Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities for producing energy directly where it is needed, i.e....
Topics: Solar Power

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Galactic archaeology

Computational astrophysics study modeled for the first time faint supernovae of metal-free first stars, yielding carbon-enhanced abundance patterns for star formation. Study investigated formation of first stars and the origin of elements heavier...
Topics: Archaeology, Astrophysics

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The presence of pets in dune ecosystems is incompatible with the conservation of coastal birds

An investigation by the Department of Microbiology and Ecology of the University of Valencia published in the Ibis magazine warns about the impact of human activities –mainly dog walking– on one of the threatened bird species that reproduce in...

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The Lungs of Gaia

A fundamental concept at the heart of climate science is the contention that the solar energy that the disk of the Earth intercepts from the Sun’s irradiance must be diluted by a factor of 4. This is because the surface area of a globe is 4 times...
Topics: Sun, Solar Power

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